Several leave the academy with employment opportunities, including Lancaster, Smith and Elliott who were sworn in as police officers for the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety during graduation exercises. Other graduates are now employed with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office and the Winder Police Department.
The Police Academy at Reinhardt University is certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) and meets at the North Fulton Center in Alpharetta. The Academy boasts a 96 percent employment rate based on 2015 graduates. In 2014, 89 percent of its graduates had employment secured by graduation.
“The high employment rate of Academy graduates is partly attributed to the Academy’s entrance standards and rigorous pre-service screening process. All POST-certified academies require pre-service applicants to undergo a background investigation, interview process, fingerprinting and medical evaluation,” Drawdy said. “Reinhardt Academy students are held to a higher standard in that they must also meet University admissions requirements, undergo psychological screening and submit to a polygraph examination before a final admissions decision is made.”
Drawdy said the program is structured in a non-traditional format, allowing those with full-time jobs and/or family responsibilities to complete their education.
“We are an evening and weekend Academy that allows individuals to pursue certification in a non-traditional format,” Drawdy said. “Our unique scheduling is attractive to individuals who are seeking a pathway into law enforcement, but cannot leave their full-time jobs to attend training on a full-time schedule. In addition, Academy students earn academic credits towards the award of a college degree through the program.”
Most students in the program are pursuing an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice. Those who choose to pursue a four-year degree are appropriately guided to one of Reinhardt’s advantage degree completion programs. Because the program is tied to academic programming, qualified individuals may utilize financial aid to assist with tuition costs.
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